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SD Delegates Assigned To 'Party' Hotel

May 4, 2012, 5:54 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

SD Delegates Assigned To 'Party' Hotel
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

They call it the Grand Old Party and when South Dakota delegates head to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, they'll be staying at a hotel that is notorious for spring-break style parties.

This week South Dakota was assigned to stay at Shephard's Beach Resort in Clearwater, Florida.

It’s a resort known for its Sunday beach parties, dance parties and night life. And it will be home to South Dakota delegates during the Republican National Convention in August.

The hotel assignment came down from Republican National Convention officials this week.

South Dakota Republican Party Executive Director Tony Post says he's happy with the hotel, not necessarily for the parties, but because it's by the beach and will be close to the convention.

"We're excited about it because there are some states that are over an hour away. So, we're within about a half hour drive," Post said.

South Dakota delegate Joel Rosenthal is a veteran of four conventions. He says the national convention is a time to meet up with other Republicans, but not for beach parties.

"There are a lot of people who want to have good access to restaurants and bars and music, but I wouldn't like to say a spring-break type atmosphere. It won't be a lot of drinking and dancing on the beach. I wouldn't expect that," Rosenthal said.

Party officials say South Dakota delegates will pretty much fill up all the rooms, so they'll have the run of the hotel for the week.

"It does have this stigma of being a spring-break kind of hotel, but you know what, it's not March and it won't be filled with 18 to 21 year olds. It's going to be filled with delegates who are devoted to making sure we elect the next President of the United States," Post said.

And that's why officials say the Grand Old Party say it won’t be as grand as it usually is at Shephard’s Beach Resort when they head to Florida in August.

The South Dakota Republican Party says they have already talked with the managers at Shephard's Beach Resort and they are planning South Dakota-themed activities when the delegates arrive for the convention.

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